Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Santa's Little Helper and Additional Animal Voices
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others
Bart rips off 2 of 3 "Building Unsound and Unsafe" signs on the deck and tosses them out the window. But when they show the deck railing the 3rd sign is missing.
The box of doughnuts reads "donuts" at first, but it becomes "donut" after Grimes throws the acid at the wall.
In 2006 this episode was ranked #6 in Matt Groening's list of top 10 episodes of all time.
Lisa only said 11 words in the whole episode (she says "Okay", "Hi", and "Can I go downstairs and see what Dad's doing?").
(Ralph submits a Malibu Stacy Dream House to the nuclear model contest)
Mr. Burns: Hot tub? Media room? It's supposed to be a power plant, not Aunt Beulah's Bordello!
(At Grimes' funeral, Homer is sleeping.)
Homer: Change the channel, Marge!
Lenny: That's our Homer!
(At the children's nuclear power plant contest)
Mr. Burns: (to Homer) Could you explain your model, young man?
Grimes: (from audience) What's to explain? He's an idiot!
Lenny: Pipe down!
Homer: Well basically, I just copied the plant we have now.
Mr. Burns: Hmmm.
Homer: Then, I added some fins to lower wind resistance. And this racing stripe here I feel is pretty sharp.
Mr. Burns: Agreed. First prize. (gives Homer a blue ribbon)
Carl: Way to go, Homer!
Lenny: You're number one, Homer!
Grimes: But it, it was a contest for children!!
Lenny: Yeah! And Homer beat their brains out!
(audience applauds Homer)
Martin: Behold, the power plant of the future, today!
Mr. Burns: Yuck! Too cold and sterile. Where's the heart?
Martin: But it really generates power. It's lighting this room right now.
(turns a knob on his model, causing the auditorium lights to dim)
Mr. Burns: You lose, get off my property!
Lisa: Can I go downstairs and see what Dad's doing?
Marge: I wouldn't bother him, honey. He's making some sort of model for a contest. He says it's really high-tech stuff that we wouldn't understand.
Homer: (opens basement door) Marge, do we have any elbow macaroni and glue-on sparkles?
Marge: Homer, why aren't you at work?
Homer: The car won't start. I don't feel very good today. I am at work.
Marge: You're afraid to go to work because Frank Grimes will be there, aren't you?
Homer: That's crazy talk. You're crazy, Marge. Get off the road!
Grimes: I'm sorry, isn't that …
Homer: Yes, that's me, and the guy standing next to me is President Gerald Ford…..And this is when I was on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins…..Oh! And here's a picture of me in outer space.
Grimes: You? Went into outer space? You?
Homer: Sure. You've never been? Would you like to see my Grammy award?
Grimes: No! I wouldn't!
Homer: Oh, what am I going to do?
Moe: Uh, why don't you invite him over. Turn him from an enemy to a friend. Then when he's not expecting it … bam! … the ol' fork in the eye.
Homer: Do you think it might work without the fork in the eye?
Moe: There's always a first time.
Grimes: (talking about Homer) God, he eats like a pig!
Lenny: I dunno. Pigs tend to chew. I'd say he eats more like a duck.
Grimes: Simpson, you've got a 513.
(Homer looks at his watch)
Grimes: No, a 513. In your procedures manual - a 513?
(Homer looks at his watch again)
Grimes: Look at your control panel.
Homer: Oh, a five THIR-teen. I'll handle it. ( He calmly takes out a bucket of water and pours it on the console. Causing it to short out and silences the alarms) That got it.
(Grimes looks on in horror)
Homer: (to Grimes, who's walking by) Hiya Stretch, what's the good word?
Grimes: My name is Grimes, uh, Simpson, Frank Grimes. I took the trouble to learn your name, so the least you could do is learn mine.
Homer: Okay, Grimey.
Grimes: Oh, that's my degree in nuclear physics. I'm sure you all have one.
Lenny: Oh yeah, Carl and I each have a masters. Of course, old Homer, he didn't need a degree. He just showed up the day they opened the plant.
Homer: I didn't even know what a nuclear panner plant was.
Burns: Smithers, I've just seen the most heroic dog on television. He pulled a toddler from the path of a speeding car, then pushed a criminal in front of it. Find this dog. I want to make him my executive vice president.
Smithers: Uh, yes sir. In the meantime, here's Frank Grimes. (Grimes offers his hand, but Burns just stares at him blankly) The, the self-made man?
Burns: What? Oh, yes, that fellow. Mmmm, put him somewhere out of the way, and find that dog!
Frank Grimes: (at the Simpson home) Look at this place! I live in a single room above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley!
Frank Grimes: (points at Homer) That's the man who's in charge of our safety? It boggles the mind!
Carl: It's best not to think about it.
Moe: As hard as it is to believe, some people don't care for me, neither.
Homer: (shakes head) No, I won't accept that.
Moe: No, it's true. I got their names written down right here, in what I call my, uh, "enemies list".
Barney: (takes the list from Moe and reads it) Jane Fonda, Daniel Schorr, Jack Anderson... Hey, this is Richard Nixon's enemies list! You just crossed out his name and put yours.
Moe: Oh, (writes down) Barney Gumble.
Frank Grimes: I saw him asleep inside a radiation suit! Can you imagine that? He was hanging from a coat hook!
Lenny: He had three beers at lunch. That would make anybody sleepy.
(Homer is about to unwittingly drink a beaker of sulfuric acid when Grimes smashes it out of his hand, causing it to dissolve a wall)
Grimes: You idiot! You almost drank a beaker full of sulfuric acid!
Homer: Acid, eh? Jeez, that would have been stupid! (laughs) Wow, would my face have been red! (laughs again)
Grimes: Stop laughing, you imbecile!! Don't you realize how close you just came to killing yourself?!
(Mr. Burns, walking by, notices the damaged wall)
Mr. Burns: Who did this to my wall?
Homer: (points at Grimes) He did.
Mr. Burns: Is this true?
Grimes: Well, uh, technically it is true, sir, but...
Mr. Burns: (coldly) Come with me.
Homer: (whispering to Grimes) He likes you.
(Bart notices that the factory has collapsed)
Bart: Ah, jeez. Milhouse, how could you let this happen? You were supposed to be the night watchman!
Milhouse: I was watching. I saw the whole thing. First it started falling over, then it fell over.
Bart: Wow. Wonder where all the rats are gonna go?
(Dozens of rats run out from under the rubble and into Moe's Tavern)
Moe: Okay, everybody tuck your pants into your socks!
Homer: I'll do it! To professionalism!
(He drinks a bottle of beer.)
Grimes: I have had to work hard everyday of my life and what do I have to show for it? This briefcase and this haircut! And what do you have to show for you lifetime of sloth and ignorance?
Grimes: Everything! A dream house, two cars, a beautiful wife, a son who owns a factory, fancy clothes, and (sniffs) lobsters for dinner!
Frank Grimes: If this were any other country, you'd have starved to death long ago.
Bart: He's got you there, Dad.
Frank Grimes: You're a fraud, a total fraud. (To Marge and the kids) It was nice meeting you.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: The family sits down, but Bart is lime green. Homer fixes the TV, but now Bart is red. Homer then slaps Bart behind the head, getting him back to his normal color.
Homer states Lisa's IQ is 156.
The events that happened in this episode led to "The Great Louse Detective" in season 14.
The alternate title to this episode is "Take This Job and Shove It!"
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